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Medical marijuana numbers expected to drop if Alaska legalizes recreational use

Sun, 2014-03-23 19:44
Medical marijuana numbers expected to drop if Alaska legalizes recreational use If an August ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana use passes, it's unlikely medical users will continue to invest time and money in pursuing medical marijuana registration.March 23, 2014

Kivalina project would turn waste into much-needed fuel

Sun, 2014-03-23 19:41
Kivalina project would turn waste into much-needed fuel The project, supported by an $85,000 grant, would turn human waste into biochar, a porous charcoal that can be used for fuel.March 23, 2014

Ringing up profits: DMV clears $38 million for Alaska

Sun, 2014-03-23 19:31
Ringing up profits: DMV clears $38 million for Alaska Registration fees and road taxes add up to millions in profit that goes into the state's general fund to pay for everything from schools to elections to infrastructure.March 23, 2014

While Alaska's Prince William Sound is safer, questions linger about preventing oil spills

Sun, 2014-03-23 19:12
While Alaska's Prince William Sound is safer, questions linger about preventing oil spills A citizens advisory council has helped protect Prince William Sound, but the Aleutian Islands, the Arctic and  Cook Inlet are more vulnerable. In those regions, if a tanker runs aground, rescue equipment can be hours or days away.March 23, 2014

Kenai man pockets more than $19,000 for catching biggest king in Homer tournament

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:39
Kenai man pockets more than $19,000 for catching biggest king in Homer tournament On a sunny Alaska day with reasonably flat water in Kachemak Bay, a whopping 907 anglers turned out for the tournament -- up more than 20 percent from a year ago. March 23, 2014

Southwest Alaska municipalities want bigger share of oil royalties

Sun, 2014-03-23 12:27
Southwest Alaska municipalities want bigger share of oil royalties The subject topped a list of concerns at the recent Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference meeting. Other issues included the replacement of the ferry Tustumena, genetically modified salmon, and a redistricting that places Attu in a legislative district that runs to Fairbanks.March 23, 2014

Coghill decries 'emotional arguments' as he uses one in support of his bill to allow firearms on campus

Sun, 2014-03-23 12:01
Coghill decries 'emotional arguments' as he uses one in support of his bill to allow firearms on campus COMMENTARY: There are problems facing the university, but the shortage of guns in dorms is not one of them, despite the emotional arguments, fantasy scenarios and scare tactics from Sen. John Coghill.March 23, 2014

Condemned no more; 50 years after huge earthquake, building moratorium expiring in Valdez

Sun, 2014-03-23 09:03
Condemned no more; 50 years after huge earthquake, building moratorium expiring in Valdez There's very little left of old Valdez, which was wiped out in the 1964 Good Friday earthquake. But that may not be the case for long -- a 50-year building moratorium expires at the end of the month.March 23, 2014

Two Alaska women help college hoop teams earn postseason berths

Sun, 2014-03-23 07:58
Two Alaska women help college hoop teams earn postseason berths It’s been a remarkable rookie season with the Southern Utah University women’s basketball team for Wasilla’s Mary KlapperichMarch 23, 2014

Exxon Valdez oil lingers on Prince William Sound beaches; experts debate whether to clean it up

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:05
Exxon Valdez oil lingers on Prince William Sound beaches; experts debate whether to clean it up Scattered traces of oil left behind on Alaska beaches from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill remain under the beaches' "cobblestone armor," basically unchanged, a time capsule of the tragedy.March 22, 2014

Commissioners Balash, Rodell respond to Frank Murkowski's Alaska LNG questions

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:03
Commissioners Balash, Rodell respond to Frank Murkowski's Alaska LNG questions OPINION: There are several key reasons that the state benefits from a continued partnership with TransCanada in its effort to pursue a large-scale LNG project.March 22, 2014

Photos: Olympic skiers return to Anchorage for week of races

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:02
Photos: Olympic skiers return to Anchorage for week of races

Under sunny skies Saturday at Anchorage's Kincaid Park, Kikkan Randall returned to her home turf in triumphant style, winning the first event of what will be a week of races.

March 22, 2014

Recalling the shock and sadness of Exxon Valdez spill 25 years ago

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:01
Recalling the shock and sadness of Exxon Valdez spill 25 years ago By today’s standards, the initial response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill was laughable. The first-day response drew anger from fishermen and state leaders, including then-Gov. Steve Cowper, who called the response “slow and inadequate.”March 22, 2014

Unalaska fights to keep trooper patrol vessel year-round

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:00
Unalaska fights to keep trooper patrol vessel year-round Alaska State Wildlife Troopers are considering moving P/V Stimson -- their largest vessel -- from its current home port of Dutch Harbor to Kodiak, a move they say would save the state $500,000.March 22, 2014

Anchorage's civil judges increasingly called upon to handle criminal caseload

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:00
Anchorage's civil judges increasingly called upon to handle criminal caseload Since the beginning of 2014, Anchorage’s civil judges have been presiding over criminal trials. Prosecutors and public defenders say they’re comfortable with the change. But it's unclear if it will curtail a potential backlog of cases. March 22, 2014

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